Caring Time in a Hybrid Digital Media System: The Tragically Hip, Public Broadcasting, and Networked Media Events

Authors

  • Stuart Poyntz Simon Fraser University School of Communication
  • Frédérik Lesage Assistant Professor Simon Fraser University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2020v45n2a3559

Keywords:

Media events, Digital mediatization, Public broadcasting, Temporality, Twitter / Évenements médiatiques, Médiatization digitale, Diffusion publique, Temporalité, Twitter

Abstract

Background  This article tackles the concern that meaningful collective experiences of large-scale media events are no longer possible because contemporary hybrid digital media systems disrupt the temporal coordinating function, or formatting, traditionally performed by broadcast media. 

Analysis  Drawing from media events literature, this article puts forward a conception of caring time to show that while the means for sharing the temporality of media events have changed, these events also remain a telling site for collective experience. The authors detail an empirical case study to support their argument.

Conclusion and implications  Careful analysis of the Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem event shows how the CBC used social media to manage temporal proxemics for the concert in a way that called national publics into being. 

 

Contexte Dans l’article qui suit nous aborderons la question suivante: est-il possible que les événements médiatiques de grande envergure n’ont plus la même dimension d’expérience collective parce que les systèmes hybrides de médias numériques contemporains perturbent la fonction de coordination temporelle, ou mise en forme, traditionnellement assurée par les médias de radiodiffusion? 

Analyse En se basant sur des cadres conceptuels développés pour la recherche dans le domaine des événements médiatiques, nous avancerons une conception d’un temps de soins pour montrer que, si les moyens de partager la temporalité des événements médiatiques ont changé, ces événements également révélateurs sont d’expériences collectives. 

Conclusion et implications  Par le moyen d’une analyse d’un concert de rock diffusé en direct par la Canadian Broadcasting Corportation (CBC) en 2016, nous démontrerons comment la CBC fait l’utilisation des média sociaux pour gérer la proxémie temporelle du concert en tant qu’événement médiatique en réseau.

Author Biography

Stuart Poyntz, Simon Fraser University School of Communication

Stuart R. Poyntz is Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University. His research addresses children’s media cultures, theories of public life and urban youth media production. He has published three books and is currently Principal Investigator of the SSHRC-funded research project, Youthsites: Charting the non-formal arts learning sector in creative lives, and Lead Investigator of the Social Media and News Section of the SSHRC-funded research project, IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus. He has published widely in national and international peer-reviewed journals, including Oxford Review of Education, Popular CultureJournal of Children and MediaCultural StudiesJournal of Youth StudiesReview of EducationPedagogy and Cultural Studies, and the Canadian Journal of Education, and in various edited collections.

Published

2020-07-06

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